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WSU beats UAB 71-60 in season opener

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MILWAUKEE - Derrick Low scored a career-high 28 points tonight to help Washington State defeat Alabama-Birmingham, 71-to-60, in a matchup of two teams opening the season with new coaches.

Tony Bennett is in his rookie season as head coach at Washington State, where he succeeded his father, Dick Bennett. Mike Davis debuted for Birmingham after coaching at Indiana for the last six seasons.

The game in Milwaukee opened the three-day John Thompson Foundation Classic tournament.

With 16:41 left in the game, Low sank a 3-pointer to push the Cougars' lead to 47-to-27. The shot gave him 20 points, one more than the career-high 19 points he had against Oregon State on December 12th last year. The Cougars' lead never fell below 11 points the rest of the way. Ivory Clark added 18 points and Daven Harmeling had 11 for the Cougars.

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